HCA NEWS Greenland withdraws from the celebration of HCA in 2005

Greenland is unable to find the means to participate in the celebration of Hans Christian Andersen's 200th birthday in 2005.

By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 25 November 2003

Greenland's Home Rule Government and the Greenlandic municipality of Nuup Kommunea have withdrawn from an 11 million-crown performance of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale "The Snow Queen." The performance was to have taken place in Nuuk in connection with the celebration of the writer's 200th birthday in 2005.

According to the plan, Nuup Kommunea was to put up three million Danish crowns for the production, but the municipal managers have decided to withdraw from the project, writes the periodical Atuagagdliutit (Grønlandsposten).

The decision was made after Greenland's Home Rule Government declined to guarantee their part of the financing - also in the amount of three million Danish crowns.  The municipality had conditioned its participation on having the national government as a financial partner.